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Health


Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
34194 Marshall Rd Abbotsford, BC V2S 5E4
604-853-2201


Abbotsford Health Unit
104-34194 Marshall Road
604-864-3400
Provides information on child health, growth and development; screening; referrals; immunizations and information on communicable diseases; knowledge of community services and access to resources; breast-feeding clinics; resource materials, information phone services.

BC Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC)
Hotline: 604-682-5050 or 1-800-567-8911
www.bccdc.org
Provides 24 hour poison information services to the public.


BC Nurse Line
Call Toll Free 1-866-215-4700


BC Health Guide Handbook
Ministry of Health Planning
1-800-465-4911
www.healthlinkbc.ca
This comprehensive health guide provides useful information regarding common injuries, illnesses, and conditions. For a FREE COPY of the health guide, contact 1-800-465-4911 or try a local pharmacy.


For a complete list of local Physicians, refer to the 'Physicians & Surgeons' section of the Yellow Pages.


Vision


One in six children diagnosed with a learning disability actually has a correctable vision problem. (ABsee- a British Columbia Association of Optometrists preschool vision program)


Doctors of optometry strongly recommend a complete eye exam by the age of 3, and earlier if there are health or visual problems. It is important to remember that Annual Eye Exams are covered under BC Medical for anyone under 19 years of age.


For a complete list of local optometrists, refer to the 'Opticians' and the 'Optometrists' sections of the Yellow Pages.


Dental


It is generally recommended that children see a dentist once before their first birthday, or within 6 months from when their first tooth comes in, whichever occurs first.


For a complete list of local dentists and orthodontists, refer to the 'Dentists' Section of the Yellow Pages.


Hearing


Children from the Abbotsford area can receive a hearing assessment at the Chilliwack Hearing Clinic. This clinic is capable of assessing children as young as 6 months, and the test is covered by BC Medical.


Chilliwack Hearing Clinic
Chilliwack Health Unit
45470 Menholm Road
604-702-4944


For a complete list of local audiologists, refer to the 'Audiologists' and 'Hearing Analysis' sections of the Yellow Pages.


Speech


Speech Therapy is provided by speech language pathologists at the Abbotsford Health Unit (604-864-3400) as well as from the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre (604-852-2686) - FREE of charge for preschool aged children.


For a complete list of local pathologists, refer to the 'Pathologists' section of the Yellow Pages.


Health Development/Screening


Fraser Valley Child Development Centre
102-32885 Ventura Ave
604-852-2686


Provides a number of services including: physiotherapy; occupational therapy; speech/language therapy; family services such as counselling, planning and identifying community resources; supported child care program.


Infant Development Program
Fraser Valley Child Development Centre
102-32885 Ventura Ave
Lorna Rannie, 604-852-2686 ext 243
Provides home-based services to families who have children birth to three years who are at risk of developmental problems, or who have a developmental delay and/or a disability. Referrals can come from any source, including parents. This is a free program!


Sto:lo Nation Supported Child Development Program
Sto:lo Nation Health Services
Bldg 7-7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack
604-824-3200 Toll free: 1-877-411-3200
Provides supported child development services for Aboriginal children living in Abbotsford. Services include consultation, monitoring, and individual support for children with physical, intellectual, emotional and communicative delays and behavioural challenges.